Pupils encouraged to walk or cycle to schoolBy Laura Herbert
June 25, 2012
To celebrate the Olympics, children in Wokingham are being encouraged to walk or cycle to school.
Twelve schools across the borough are taking part in the Active First scheme, which aims to make people change their travel behaviour, especially for short journeys.
The initiative, organised by Wokingham Borough Council, is aimed at children in Years Four and Five and will run for five weeks.
Those taking part will be given a map and will receive a stamp on a collector’s card for each day they walk or cycle to school.
To tie in with the Olympic theme, each card has a picture and information about an Olympic athlete.
Children who collect all 25 cards will be put into a special prize draw, with prizes including a football party at Goals Soccer Centre, a family climbing session at Reading Climbing Centre, a free tennis coaching session, or a family deal at Wokingham Superbowl. There will be one winner for each school.
The council secured £2.75 million funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund programme to develop sustainable transport, and Active First is one of the first schemes to be funded from it.
Councillor Keith Baker, executive member for planning and highways, said: “It’s an excellent opportunity for children to get active and to learn about the Olympics.
“Some of the council’s key aims include encouraging sustainable travel and reducing congestion. I hope many children will take up the challenge.”